FILE- In this Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, left-wing independentist demonstrators burn a Spanish and French flag on top of a stage, as part of a performance following a protest rally demanding ... more 
FILE- In this Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, left-wing independentist demonstrators burn a Spanish and French flag on top of a stage, as part of a performance following a protest rally demanding independence for Catalonia, in Barcelona, Spain. More than ever, FC Barcelona, known affectionately as Barca, lived up to its motto of being "more than a club" for this wealthy northeastern region where Spain's economic crisis is fueling separatist sentiment. Barca has been seen as a bastion of Catalan identity dating back to the three decades of dictatorship when Catalans could not openly speak, teach or publish in their native Catalan language. Barcelona writer Manuel Vazquez Montalban famously called the football team "Catalonia's unarmed symbolic army."(AP Photo/Jose Colon, File) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Jose Colon, File
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